Up the Road: Holiday World

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Holiday World Offers a Great Way to End the Summer

It’s 1941 and Louis J. Koch visits the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, and begins plans to open what is to become the world’s first theme park. In 1946, they celebrate opening day of the world’s first theme park, Santa Claus Land which includes The Freedom Train, still in operation to this day.

Flash forward to 2017 and Consumers Digest names, what is now known as Holiday World: ‘Top Value Park’ and TripAdvisor awards the park their Certificate of Excellence.

In its June issue, Consumers Digest states Holiday World earned the top “bang for the buck” ranking with its “charming retro holiday theme” along with free soft drinks, free parking and free sunscreen. The article also mentions the park’s Voyage wooden roller coaster as well as Mammoth, certified by Guinness World Records as the World’s Longest Water Coaster. Additionally, for the sixth year, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari have received a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor.com. The accolade is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel website. “This award is a huge pat on the back for our wonderful hosts and hostesses,” says Matt Eckert, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s president. “From our sweepers to our food-and-beverage crews, from lifeguards to ride operators and everyone else, our staff consistently delivers a memorable day of fun for our park guests – it’s our tradition!”

Recently USA Today and TripAdvisor teamed up to determine the Top Attraction in each state, based on reviews and ratings. Holiday World was named Indiana’s top-rated attraction. USA Today also named Splashin’ Safari the nation’s #1 Outdoor Water Park in May, following month-long readers’ poll.

If you are looking for some end of summer fun, there is still plenty of time to take the short trip up the road to Santa Claus, Indiana and experience Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. How about a family pack of tickets courtesy of Your Sumner and Holiday World? You can sign up to win! Just go online to yoursumner.com and sign up for our weekly eblasts, LIKE us on Facebook then stay in the know about an upcoming giveaway of this fabulously fun prize package! The tickets are good through October.

The parks are open daily. For more information, visit the park’s website at HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-463-2645.

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